Heathrow Southern Railway (HSR) a project aims to create a new route into central London from Heathrow Airport terminal 5 with stops at Guildford, Woking, Basingstoke and Farnborough received a significant boost by agreeing terms for a major investment with AECOM. AECOM is a AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm.

Heathrow Southern Railway Limited (HSRL) – the private sector venture is set up to Deliver the porgramme. HSRL intends to create fast, easy and relaxing rail access to Heathrow Airport from the south by building 8 miles of rail infrastructure alongside the M25 motorway from the west end of the Terminal 5 station.

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HSR Map (Image: Heathrow Southern Railway)

Many Surrey residents have long endured the lack of direct rail access to Heathrow Airport but with this programme , its all about to change. It comes after the UK government backed a third runway at the airport , which will increase the number of flights and passengers accessing the airport.

Further to this, a connection to the existing Windsor-Staines line enables direct trains between Heathrow and London Waterloo via Clapham Junction, Putney, Hounslow, Twickenham, Richmond, Staines and other intermediate stations. In addition a connection to the existing Virginia Water-Weybridge line provides a new, direct link between Heathrow and Woking. As well as transforming Heathrow’s accessibility, this dramatically improves connectivity between Surrey and London for commuters, with new through trains between Basingstoke/Guildford and London Paddington via Woking, Heathrow and Old Oak Common (for HS2 and the Elizabeth Line). These services could potentially be extended as far as cities on the south coast, for example Portsmouth and Southampton.

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HAS Map ((Image: Heathrow Southern Railway)

Welcoming the agreement, HSRL Chair Baroness Jo Valentine said: “Coming from such an internationally respected organisation as AECOM, this funding represents a significant vote of confidence in our project.

David Barwell, Chief Executive, AECOM London said, “We are delighted to announce our investment in Heathrow Southern Rail. As a long-term partner to Government AECOM is delighted to bring its development, engineering and delivery capability to resolve current and future infrastructure needs and to bring private sector funding to accelerate the delivery of critical public infrastructure”,

Whether or not a third runway is built, Heathrow is forecast to handle as many as 90 million passengers per year by 2030, up from 76 million today. In addition, many more airport workers will need to travel to and from the airport as passenger numbers grow.

More about the project is available at www.heathrowrail.com.

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